Gone are the days when identifications could be done manually, and this has applications in many and very diverse fields, a large part of them related to the management and logistics of the product. first barcodes, then two-dimensional codes (bidis) and more recently RFID tags, this is a set of technologies that have become essential in trying to bring order to environments so conducive to entropy such as warehouses, loading and unloading docks and even delivery vehicles, responsible for the transport and delivery of all kinds of goods.
This gave birth to a new paradigm called Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), a model in which the entire documentation and identification process is supported by an IT infrastructure, made up of solutions such as those offered by Logiscenter, and which is essential in order to subsequently be able to offer highly valued services such as shipment monitoring, in addition to allowing surveys and audits in real time, making it possible to detect possible improvements in storage and distribution processes, and many other benefits.
Needs vary, yes. This is not the case if we are talking about the management of a warehouse associated with a point of sale, the one on which the home deliveries of online traders or a logistics company exclusively dedicated to the retail market depend. fat. In each case it is essential to clearly define the work processes and, from this document, establish all points where data entry and / or reading is required, their control, etc.
As this process is defined, very specific needs will undoubtedly arise which will need to be addressed. so that technology is at the service of management, never the other way around. And it may sound strange, but the truth is that many times, by not exploring all the options that exist, we end up subordinating the processes to the tools used, without knowing that in reality there are surely some. ‘others that are better suited to our processes. For this, without a doubt, the key is to look for suppliers who, like Logiscenter, have really extensive catalogs, selected precisely for this, that of offering the necessary solutions for each case.
Means of identification
The first question we must ask ourselves is of course how we want to identify each element of our warehouse, distribution network, etc. A common mistake in small warehouses is relying on non-standard text identifiers, for example notes written on packages. In all cases, this is a âfuture accidentâ, since it requires manual identification on the one hand and, on the other hand, it does not facilitate follow-up.
Instead of, we have to resort to labels, in which we can use different types of codes, choosing the variants that best suit our needs, the needs of our customers. In this regard, we can opt for traditional barcodes (in any of their variations), which have a practically global level of implementation, or we can take a step forward and use two-dimensional codes (bidis ) popular, which allow us to encode much more information in the labels. In both cases, there are all kinds of scanners that completely automate their reading.
Another very interesting option, which over time continues to gain ground, are RFID tags.. And it is that with the same it is no longer necessary the “visual” reading of the code by means of a scanner. It is simply necessary that the parcel (whatever its size) identified by an RFID tag is (either stationary or in motion) near the sensor, and the latter will automatically read its data and, also automatically, perform actions that have been previously configured (change its status, add it to a list, etc.).
The potential of these solutions is multiplied exponentially if we take into account that in addition, we can combine them.. For example, one can use RFID identifiers for a pallet of products and then individually identify each of them by means of a tag with a bidi code.
Smart labeling is only half the equation. The other, of course, corresponds to the reading of said identification elements. And surprisingly, it is relatively common to find cases where the markup is perfectly implemented, but then the means to read it are more of an obstacle than anything else.
And is that, once again, we must distinguish between different reading needs. For example, the barcode reader associated with a POS is not the same as what might be needed in a warehouse or in a delivery vehicle. Therefore, just as it is essential to know the different types of reading systems that we can choose, in order to always choose the ones that best suit the context.
For example, for cases where it is necessary to review the information on the label, we will need a PDA or an industrial tablet, devices which integrate the reading elements of the labels, and which also have robust designs adapted to the environment in which they will be used. Different is, for example, in a point of sale, in which only a small sample of information is needed (name and price of the product, for example), in which case a hand-held scanner or even a reader integrated into a surface connected to a POS they adapt much better to the context.
And if, for example, we use a radio frequency system to identify the pallets that enter a truck, and which have already been previously identified and selected, we may not even need visual identification of content data, we just want to be sure that the palette X was loaded onto the truck AND.
The catalog of solutions is endless, and a wide knowledge of them It will always help us identify those that best suit our needs and, therefore, optimize our processes, thus improving productivity and, above all, control of everything that passes through our hands.